Cal Opens 2007 Campaign at Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan. 26, 2007

The California Golden Bears open their 2007 spring campaign on Monday at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. The 54-hole event will be contested at Arizona National, a par 71, 6,900-yard layout. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday, Jan. 29 with continuous play scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. PST. The final 18 holes will start at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Live tournament scoring will be available at

The Golden Bears are expected to be led by a senior, a junior and a sohomore in 2007. Michael Wilson, the senior, has won a school-record three individual titles in his career and is the only Bear remaining from Cal's 2004 NCAA Championship squad. Junior Michael Jensen averaged a 72.2 through 12 rounds in the fall and sophomore George Gandranata led the Bears with a 71.7 average in the fall. Wilson won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in October, opening with a blistering 65 and wrapping up the title with a 67 and a 70. Jensen led the Bears at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at -4, while Gandranata logged a pair of 67's at the MacKenzie.

The Golden Bears were tied for 14th last year at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate. George Gandranata was the top finisher with a 219 to tie for 40th place. Freddy Wolfe also had a solid day, firing a 72-73-76 to tie for 50th with a 221. BYU won the event last year with an 834 (-18) and Arizona's Henry Liaw won a four-hole playoff for the victory after firing a 204 over 54 holes.

Five of the teams in the 16-team field finished the fall season ranked in the (Nov. 15) GCAA/Bridgestone Top-25 Coaches Poll. The following teams are scheduled to compete (ranking): Arizona State (20), Brigham Young (17), California, UC-Irvine, East Tennessee State (15), Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas-El Paso, Tennessee (12), UNLV (14) and host Arizona (two squads).

Cal's lineup (in order) for the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate is listed below.Player YR 06 FALL STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISHAndrey Mindirgasov Fr. 15 1097 73.1 67 T10Michael Jensen Jr. 12 867 72.2 68 8Evan Derian Fr. 0 -- -- -- --George Gandranata So. 12 861 71.7 67 T5Kent Yamane Jr. 9 659 73.2 68 T10

Cal has a couple of surprises in the lineup for its spring debut. Freshman Evan Derian, who battled a back injury and did not see any tournament action in the fall, will make his collegiate debut on Monday, while junior Kent Yamane, another fall newcomer as a junior-college transfer will also see action. Freshman Andrey Mindirgasov, a third newcomer to the Bears in 05-06, was the team's top qualifer for this week's event. Junior Michael Jensen and sophomore George Gandranata wrap up the lineup.

The Golden Bears played five fall tournaments, highlighted by a victory in the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (second year in a row winning the event). George Gandranata led the team with a 12-round average of 71.7 while Michael Jensen was just behind at 72.2. Junior Brandon Beck had a solid fall with a 72.4 over nine rounds and Michael Wilson averaged a 73.0, including the individual title at the MacKenzie. Newcomer Andrey Mindirgasov was impressive in his debut, averaging a 73.1, including a low round of 67 at the MacKenzie.

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